Herbs – Week #4

Caraway

Caraway is a hardy biennial herb that will enjoy full sun in the fall.  The stems will reach between 18″-30″ that will provide a white flower and produce a seed used to flavor candy, cookies, cakes and breads.  The thick like roots can also be eaten.

Caraway flowers in the summer and does not transplant well so sow the seeds in a place you want it to grow.  You can either harvest the seeds for replanting or let them fall in place to reseed on their own.

Caraway likes a loamy soil which would consist of equal amounts of compost, clay and sand.

Caraway seeds ground up and use in your lentil dishes.  It is also good in any cabbage dish.

Caraway seedheads will be brown and tan when dried to use in craft projects, such as wreaths and garlands.

Caraway seeds can be chewed as a breath freshner.

Lord bless you and keep you.

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Garden Wednesday

Here are photos of the herbs we currently have growing in our garden.

Caraway

Caraway

Anise

Anise

Dill that we transplanted into the garden.

Dill that we transplanted into the garden.

Dill going to seed.

Dill going to seed.

Herbs currently growing in the garden

Herbs currently growing in the garden

Lemon Balm Mint Oregano Purple Sage Tarragon

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Herbs Series – Week #1

Herbs

Today I would like to talk about herbs and what I am learning about each one of them.  Each Monday I will make a post for the next several weeks about a particular herb with detailed information.

Oregano, Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Santolina, Artemesia, Tarragon & Fennel prefer soil that is dry and rock (light soil).

Herbs generally do not require fertilizer.  Improve the soil structure twice a year by adding organic material.

Basil, Chamomile, Thyme, Lavender, Mint, Dill, Chervil, Fennel & Parsley attract beneficial insects to your garden.

Basil, Lemon Grass & Garlic Chives require more water than herbs listed above.

Herbs that are invasive include:  mint and some oregano, so you will want to control these invasive herbs by planting them in containers or cut the bottoms of the container and sink container into your soil.

In the fall the following herbs can be started:  Anise, Borage, Caraway, Catnip, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro/Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Fennel (bulb), Garlic (clove), Garlic Chives, Horehound, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Salad Burnet, Santolina, Savory (Winter), Scented Geraniums, Thyme and Yarrow.

Herbs that can be started from cuttings in the fall include:  Horehound, Lavender, lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Santolina, Savory (Winter), Scented Geraniums, Thyme and Yarrow.

Herbs that are started from divisions in the Fall include:  Catnip, Chives, Fennel (bulb), Garlic (clove), Garlic Chives, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mint, Tansy & Yarrow.

Look for posts on Mondays on specific herbs over the next several weeks where we will be looking a detailed information for each herb.

Lord bless you and keep you!